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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Dodging a Bullet

After the storms last night it feels like we dodged the proverbial bullet. Storms blasted through Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and several other states bringing rain, lightning, hail, and tornadoes. It was not a restful evening by any means but we prepared for it. We used our closet under the stairs for a safety spot and stocked it with a few important things like a blanket, a change of clothes, some water, a cell phone, and our important records. Did we overreact? Probably not. According to the news broadcast this morning over sixty tractor trailers toppled on the interstates. Twenty four people in our state were killed. Five people were killed in Sumner county. Sumner county isn't near us but homes were flattened in Williamson County which is. Tennesseans all over the state were affected and West Tennessee received much of the damage last night. Union University in Jackson, TN lost several dorms and was very fortunate to escape with no fatalities. One of my wife's cousins attends Union and was in her dorm when it was decimated. She was able to take shelter in an internal bathroom and aside from being distraught she was fine.

We were on the outer edge of the storms. The tornado producing cells came earlier in the evening and went north of us. We were watching the weather at two in the morning and lost a little sleep but nothing else. I can look out our window and see no damage in our yard and think of all those people affected last night. We are very lucky to have dodged this bullet.

7 comments :

  1. Wow, another bad one!
    Glad your family is fine...
    We are to get the tail end of the passing storm this afternoon so I need to get things done in the yard before she hits!

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  2. OMG Dave so sorry your wife's cousin had to go thru that but am glad she is okay. The last I saw on the news there were 68 confirmed twisters over 5 states with 100 hurt and 50 deaths and you know when all is said and done the count will go up, always does.

    Skeeter, GET INSIDE AND STAY SAFE!

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  3. OMG Dave so sorry your wife's cousin had to go thru that but am glad she is okay. The last I saw on the news there were 68 confirmed twisters over 5 states with 100 hurt and 50 deaths and you know when all is said and done the count will go up, always does.

    Skeeter, GET INSIDE AND STAY SAFE!

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  4. whoops, sorry, did'nt mean to stutter.

    They just had a girl, Claire Hamilton who is a student at Union University on tv talking about hiding in bathroom of her dorm with friends and her dorm got flattened.

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  5. it was pretty bad. well written post!

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  6. I am so glad you made out all right. I was shocked when I woke up this morning and saw the news. My mom had called us at 1:45 AM to tell us we were in a tornado warning area, but we were on the edge and had no problems. My heart goes out to all who had to go through this.

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  7. Glad to hear you're okay, Dave. I actually thought of you last night and wondered if this was near you.

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